Arian Foster Wants to Stay
On Thursday, Houston Texans restricted free agent running back, Arian Foster, made it clear that he wants to return to the team. He talked with SportsRadio 610 at the Superbowl about his upcoming contract situation. Foster who has rushed for 1,000 yard seasons in back to back years, has gone from undrafted free agent to a big pay-day on the horizon in less than 3 years. He has been the double threat out of the backfield running and catching the football, and has improved his pass protection abilities in the past season.
In three seasons in a Texans uniform, Foster has rushed for 3,097 yards (4.7 avg.) with 1,314 receiving yards and 33 total touchdowns. In that stretch he has played in 35 games for the Texans and started 27 of those games at running back. Coming undrafted out of the University of Tennessee, Foster has defied the odds and come back from a poor senior season with the Volunteers, and worked himself from a practice squad to a two-time Pro-Bowl player for the Texans. (2010,2011)
Foster had this to say:
“It’s out of my hands,” Arian Foster said. “It’s not under my control. The Texans are going to make the best move for their organization and their team, and if I happen to be a part of that, that’s a wonderful thing because I want to be a part of it. But if not, I have to continue living my life and they’ll do that with theirs. But I want to – they’ve expressed interest that they want to, and they already know that I want to stay in Houston. I’m just looking for that day. Hopefully, I can. Hopefully, they can make my dream come true, because I just love the city of Houston, man. I really do.” (from SportsRadio 610 via Houston Texans.com)
The Texans are going to have to play their cards right in this upcoming free agency period, because not only Foster is looking for a new contract, but Chris Myers, Joel Dreessen and Mario Williams are also potential free agents. Foster is an important piece of the puzzle, and with him as a budding superstar the Texans must find a way to keep Foster around for the long haul. With Foster in the Texans lineup, it only makes the Texans offense one of the most dangerous in the league.